The Programme


Monday 23rd September – Day 1

8:00 a.m. Registration of the participants 

Venue: Direction Mental Health Department, Via Weiss 5

9.00a.m. – 9.45 a.m. Welcome 

Venue: Franca e Franco Basaglia Theatre – Simultaneous translation available Ita/Eng 

Chair: Roberto Mezzina

  • National and Regional authoritiesMinistry of Health and Riccardo Riccardi, Vice President of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Italy)
  • ASUITs  – Antonio Poggiana, Special Commissioner of ASUITs (Italy)
  • World Health Organization – Dévora Kestel, video message from the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Geneva)
  • World Health Organization – Michelle Funk, Coordinator Mental Health Policy and Service Development (Geneva)
  • World Health Organization – Dan Chisholm, Programme Manager for Mental Health in the WHO Regional Office for Europe (Copenhagen)
  • WFMH  – Alberto Trimboli, President of WFMH (Argentina)
  • IMHCN – John Jenkins CEO IMHCN (UK)
  • Human Rights Watch – Shanta Rau Barriga, Director of the Disability Rights Program (Bruxelles)
  • MHE – Jan Berndsen, President of MHE (The Neatherlands)

9.45 a.m. – 10.40 a.m. Plenary Session:  

Introduction of Quality Rights and good practice service guidance, Michelle Funk (Geneva)

10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break

11.00 a.m. – 13.00 p.m. Plenary Session: Responding to Crises

Chair/discussant:  Roberto Mezzina

General discussion

Lunch break

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Plenary Session: Good Practice Service presentation and discussion (b)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Peer Support

Chair/discussant: Jan Berndsen

  • Peer support groups, Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Kenya, Michael Njenga (Kenya)
  • Enik Recovery College: 100% peer run innovation, Martijn Kole (The Netherlands)
  • Working with Voices, Olga Runciman (Denmark)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Primary care and support in community

Chair/discussant: Mirella Ruggeri

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break

4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Plenary Session: Good Practice Service presentation and discussion (c)

Networks and services providing multisectoral supports

Chair/discussant: Peppe Dell’Acqua

  • Lille coordinated network of Services, Anastasia Cornet / Gery Kruhelski
  • Walsh Trust New Zealand, (video) Rob Warriner (New Zealand)
  • Changing Narratives- reaching out to marginalized communities within the Mental Health System – ENOSH, Liron David (Israel)

Presentation of the proposal of Franco Basaglia Equipe and Trieste psychiatric community as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, Mauro Barberis / Gianni Peteani / Marco Puntin (Italy)

Tuesday 24th September – Day 2

Whole system change: discussing the Trieste model and the implementation of an open door no restraint system. 

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session: Trieste today and the regional developments

Chair/discussant: Angelo Fioritti

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Plenary Session:  Local & global: co-production and innovation

Chair/discussant: Fabrizio Starace

Conclusion: “The global impact of the Trieste model of Community Services”, Fran Silvestri / Tim Kendall (Uk / New Zealand)

11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. Parallel Session: Selected International Good Practices (Eng)

Venue: Spazio Rosa

Chair/discussant: Renzo Bonn


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch break


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Plenary Session: Whole system change: discussing the Trieste model and the implementation of an open door no restraint system. Twinning Collaboration: International experiences

Chair/discussant  John Jenkins


Venue: Room Clinica Psichiatrica

Closed meeting coordinated by Melita Murko and Dan Chisholm

Who Europe QualityRights project Inter-country project meeting – planning and review meeting with EURO country focal points to discuss next phase.


4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Break


4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Plenary Session: From Humanization to Deinstitutionalization

Chair/discussant: Vladimir Jovic

  • QualityRights: country presentations and general discussion, Melita Murko / Dan Chisholm (Geneva)
  • Recommendations on the phasing out of psychiatric hospitals: results from a qualitative research, Roberto Mezzina / Tommaso Bonavigo (Italy)
  • Detoxifying psychiatry: reducing coercion in mental healthcare, Sashi Sashidharan (UK)

General discussion

Wednesday 25th September – Day 3

Countrywide and region-wide reforms

Chair/discussant: Benedetto Saraceno

9:00 a.m – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session East to West, South to North

  • Czech Republic: the national strategy according to European MH Action Plan, Jan Pfeiffer
  • Serbia: the national strategy of deinstitutionalization, Milan Stanojkovich
  • Kenya: Establishing good practice in rights-based approaches to mental health, Faraaz Mahomed
  • Ivory Coast: Unchaining people with mental health issues,  Gregoire Ahongbonon


10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  WHO QUALITYRIGHT WORKING GROUP (English)

Venue: Spazio Rosa

Closed meeting coordinated by Michelle Funk

Good Practice Service Guidance Workshop on WHO Best Practice Services and next steps.


11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. Plenary Session Italy

Chair/discussant: Francesco Amaddeo

  • Overcoming of Forensic Hospitals: the good practices of REMS, Pietro Pellegrini / Stefano Cecconi / Franco Corleone (Italy)
  • From a restraint to a no restraint psychiatric ward, Alessandra Oretti / Giovanni Rossi / Roberto Zanfini / Vito D’Anza (Italy)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Plenary Session Empowerment

Chair/discussant: Lorenza Magliano


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch break


Strengthening international cooperation for system reform

2:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Parallel Sessions 

A – Latin America and Spain (Spanish-Italian)

Venue: Room Ugo Guarino

Chair/discussant: Renzo Bonn / Giovanna Del Giudice

Round table with video connections from Latin America countries


B – Europe and beyond (English) 

Venue: Direction MH Dep. Rooms A & B

Chair/discussant: John Jenkins / Paul Baker

  • An empirical ethics approach to Trieste mental healthcare, Christien Muusse (The Netherlands)
  • Machines of exclusion and inclusion, Vito Flaker (Slovenia)
  • Social Firms Europe CEFEC, Sergio Serra (Italy)
  • The Role and Value of Mental Health Service Users’ Association in Fostering and Promoting Recovery, Bojan Sosic et al. – (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Equity and equality: A Community network to ensure the acces to mental health care of “the last”, Massimo Marsili (France)
  • Teaching Old Gods New Tricks, Rob Warriner (New Zealand)
  • “Good Practices” means “Open doors with no restraints” and really “community based”, Theodoros Megaloeconomou (Greece)
  • The hostel program – Recovery oriented care for people with long term drug addiction, within housing facilities and ambulatory care, Ronald Kemp (The Netherlands)
  • To promote Dignity and Wellbeing, guaranteeing accessibility – quality – sustainability of social/health services for person, Luigi Leonori (Belgium)
  • A project for improving standard of care and human rights in psychiatric hospital in Iran, Maryam Tabatabaei (Iran)


C – The person’s say: programs and practices in whole life domains

Venue: Franca e Franco Basaglia Theatre – Simultaneous translation available (Italian – English)

Chair/discussant: Mirella Ruggeri/Silva Bon

 1 . The right to work

  • Social cooperatives societies and citizens’ social integration, Stefania Grimaldi (Italy)

2. The right to health

3. The right to be equal in front of the law

  • Supported decision making and personal budget models, Wilfried Kainz (Austria)

4. The right to indipendent living and community participation

  • Using people power to change the culture of Mental Health, Matthew Holzmann  (USA)
  • The right to live in the Community is a Human Right, Judith Klein (USA)
  • Building a Healthy Community in a City that Cares, Ofelia Altomare (Italy)


2:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.   WHO QUALITYRIGHTS WORKING GROUP (English) 

Venue: Room Clinica Psichiatrica 

Closed meetings coordinated by Melita Murko and Dan Chisholm

 WHO Service Guidance / WHO Europe QualityRights – Market place for Innovation and Exchange


4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Break


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Plenary Session

Chair/discussant: Roberto Mezzina

The Future of Mental Health, Benedetto Saraceno / Franco Rotelli (Italy)

Best Poster Award, Elisabetta Pascolo Fabrici (Italy)

Next steps for WHO and international partners, Michelle Funk (Geneva)

Thursday 26th September – Day 4

  • Study visits to MH Services (on request- few places available): the Regional System, Microarea and Associations
  • International collaborations and specific group meetings

Poster Session 23rd – 25th September 

Venue: Direction Mental Health Department, Via Weiss 5

Posters displayed from Monday to  Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Best Poster Award on Wednesday 25th

Tridal: an experiment in mainstreaming low functioning schizophrenia patients in Community and journey beyond, Savita Apte – Istitute for Psychological Health (India)

Visiting DTC Project – Democratic Peer accreditation for democratic therapeutic communities, Simone Bruschetta – Visiting DTC Project Legacoopsociali (Italy)

A psychological approach reduces coercitive interventions in a psychiatric ward?, F. Gastaldi, A. Galia et al.  – SPDC Dip Interaziendale di Salute Mentale ASL AT, Asti (Italy)

Family foster home (IESA): The way home, S. Conti, C. Conti et al. – MHD Azienda USL Bologna (Italy)

The “Lesvos Syndrome”: PTSD with psychotic symptoms among migrants attending the MH clinic of Medecins Sans Frontieres in Lesvos, Alessandro Barberio, Maria Episkopou et al. – Medecins Sans Frontieres (Greece)

The psychosocial Clubhouses are built on human rights and support for recovery and social inclusion of people with mental disorders, Hanninen Esko – Clubhouse Europe/ Finnish Clubhouse coalition (Finland)

Knowledge, expression of subjectivity and democracy in the group: the experience of emancipation and growth of a group of people in “Maddalena” CMHC, Pietro Zolli/Annalisa Parrini et al. – MHD Trieste (Italy)

Il lavoro con le famiglie e il protagonismo dei familiari nel DSM di Trieste, Pietro Zolli et al. – MHD Trieste (Italy)

The project “mens sana in corpore sano”. Improving treatments quality for people with severe mental disorder: health care and local territory network accessibility, Pietro Zolli et al. – MHD Trieste (Italy)

Application of fractal drawing in vocational rehabilitation, Elen Ursic – Racio d.o.o. (Slovenia)


Best Poster Award Selections will be based on the level of the research and quality of the poster. The award will be given during the closing session, on Wednesday 25th. Thus, it is recommended that the author will attend that session.